Board of Directors

The Alliance for Affordable Energy has a wonderful group of dedicated members and supporters that server as our Board of Directors.

Sandra Cabrina Jenkins

Term Ends September 2014
Sandra Cabrina Jenkins is a graduate of Southern University Law Center, JD; Louisiana State University, B.A., Political Science; and a graduate of Southern University Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, MPA. In 2010, she joined the faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana, as an Assistant Professor where she teaches pre-law courses. In May 2012, she began planning, developing, and organizing a green janitorial and facility Management Company, S.A.G.E. Commercial Cleaning, LLC.

John Williams

Term Ends September 2014
John Williams, AIA, NCARB, Board Treasurer, is founder and owner of Williams Architect, a leading architectural firm in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast with a focus on Sustainable Design, which includes historic preservation, historic restoration, and new construction.  He serves as a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Board of Advisors for the Tulane School of Architecture, the Governors Committee on Coastal Protection, the Board of Longue Vue House & Gardens, the Historic Advisory Review Committee and is Chair of the Louisiana Chapter of the USGBC Residential Committee.  His board term began in 2011.

Bia Assevero

Term Ends September 2016
Bia Assevero is the Marketing & Communications Manager- Caribbean for Pan-American Life Insurance Group, a leading provider of insurance and financial services throughout the Americas. She holds a Masters in International Journalism from Westminster University in London and a B.A. in International Politics from the American University of Paris.

Jacquelyn Dadakis

Term Ends September 2016
Jacquelyn Dadakis is the managing director of GCE Services, a division of Green Coast Enterprises providing strategic consulting services to property owners, municipalities and utilities seeking to be more energy efficient.
Previously, Jacquelyn worked for Clean Energy Solutions, Inc., as a senior consultant developing innovative financing strategies for energy efficiency and creating community-utility partnerships for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance under the Department of Energy BetterBuildings Program.Jacquelyn also worked for Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit with affiliates in over 200 communities in the United States providing free home repair to low-income homeowners. As an Americorps VISTA, she supported the launch of Rebuilding Together’s response to Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.Jacquelyn holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College. She is also a board member of the transit policy and advocacy organization Ride New Orleans and a co-founder of the sustainable landscaping company Goats of Progress.

Eric Charleston

Term Ends September 2016
Eric Charleston is an attorney who practices primarily environmental litigation.  He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and Syracuse University.  He also serves on the Board of the NOLA Project, a New Orleans based theater company.

Jodie Manale

Term Ends September 2016
Jodie Manale, M.A., REALTOR, GREEN is a full-time, licensed REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty 4550100 in Metairie with expertise in green building, affordable housing, and investment property real estate consulting and serves clients primarily on the eastbank of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. She has been licensed for over sixteen years and has been a member of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) since 1997. In 2009, she earned the GREEN designation from NAR and is the current Chair of the Green Committee of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS (NOMAR). As Chair, she is playing an instrumental role in “greening the MLS” and has networked extensively in the greater New Orleans area to create educational opportunities about green building for NOMAR’s 5,000 plus membership association. Jodie also owns Let’s Go Green Properties, L.L.C., a real estate investment company dedicated to making properties more energy efficient and healthy before selling or renting them.

Previously, she served as Chief of the Community Redevelopment Agency and supervised a Brownfields Program for Escambia County in Pensacola, Florida for nearly six years. Her commitment to building sustainable communities began about twenty years ago when she moved to Florida and, as an academic sociologist working on her Ph.D. dissertation, co-authored and published cross-national research on the “Social Origins of Environmental Damage.” Jodie has been a member of the Alliance since 2009 and is a current member of NAR, the Louisiana REALTOR Association, and NOMAR.

Jessica Riccardo

Term Ends March 2017
Jessica Riccardo is the Associate Director of Operations for the Health Systems Division at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). In this role, she is responsible for implementing management systems to support efficient operations and assuring alignment of the division’s work across the organization and with the broader community. Programs in the health systems division focus on building the capacity of the primary health care system in the gulf region to deliver affordable, patient-centered care through care coordination, quality improvement, and health information technology.
 
From March 2011 to August 2013, Ms. Riccardo served as the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) Transformation Manager, overseeing the Department’s transition from a historical focus on direct primary care to a top-performing local health department, capable of addressing modern health challenges at the population level. Ms. Riccardo led a variety of initiatives to establish organizational capacity, laying the foundation and supporting the development of new department programs in community health, violence prevention, nutritional and physical fitness (Fit NOLA), emergency preparedness, and performance improvement.
 
Prior to joining the NOHD team, she consulted at the federal level in Washington, DC for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Energy, and Department of Veterans Affairs in the areas of program management, organizational change, financial management, strategic planning, performance evaluation, and workforce planning.

Dean Boyer

Term Ends July 2017
Dean Boyer was born in California and grew up in Singapore and the San Francisco bay area. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in History. After graduation, he traveled throughout South America and volunteered at an animal refuge in Bolivia. He worked in San Francisco as a shipping coordinator for an online store and a non-profit focusing on coastal issues. He came to New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School where he is working towards his JD with a certification in environmental law. Dean first got involved with the Alliance as an intern and is honored to continue working with such a dedicated and intelligent group of people. In his free time, Dean enjoys biking around New Orleans, hiking, and camping.